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National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources. Many of its observation functions have been streamlined into NOAA Observation System Architecture (NOSA), including the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) which provides access to environmental data from satellites. NOAA's National Data Centers for Climate (NCDC), Geophysics (NGDC), Oceans (NODC), and Coasts (NCDDC) each have ongoing projects: